Hi as my title states I am new to the site and also new to actually raising a certain breed of chicken!!! My son has decided to join our local 4-H this year and we are all very excited to be apart of the poultry world but all we have ever had is random breeds of chickens!! We have always loved having our chickens but I have a feeling that we have now gotten into a more time consuming and greater detail aspect of poultry!! But we are ready for it and very excited to be apart of it!! The breed that my son has chosen to start raising is the Splash Marans!! But some of the sites I have been too have said they are a breed recognized by the APA and others say their not?! So now I'm a little worried that we now have a breed that isn't "really" a breed?!?!?! We need help to find out if what we have his a legitimate breed or not? And if the 4-H and other shows will recognize this as a real breed? Please help!!!!